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Careers in Criminology: A Top Career for 2016-2026

Updated on April 21, 2016
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What is Criminology?

Criminology (which is in the field of sociology, the science or study of society) is the scientific study of crime, criminals, criminal behavior, and corrections. It also examines prevention of crime and society's response to crime. Criminology includes the examination of evidence, hereditary and psychological causes of crime, various modes of investigation, conviction, and the efficacy of differing styles of punishment, rehabilitation, and corrections.

Radio and television have popularized the study of crime through shows such as The Shadow, Sherlock Holmes, The Naked City, The Defenders, Perry Mason, Mr. Lucky, The Wild Wild West, Matlock, Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, The District, CSI, CSI Miami, Numbers, and hundreds of others. Literature is filled with crime stories and magazines like True Crime. Crime is popular and crime-stoppers, from super heroes to policeman and amateur detectives, are revered.

Of course, there are many real-life careers available in criminology, as well, ones that are extremely challenging and rewarding.

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Criminology, a division of sociology, is the scientific study of crime, criminals, criminal behavior, and corrections. Thousands of jobs in various field are attached to this field of study, from private investigation to forensic accounting.

What Is a Criminologist?

A criminologist is a sociologist or social scientist who 1) specializes in criminology and 2) studies social behaviors. Each society has its own set of norms and deviations and these people examine the norms (most common behaviors) and the deviations from those norms of behavior.

A criminologist usually studies crime and law in college and earns at least one academic degree (an associate's, bachelor's, master's, and/or a doctorate (PhD) degree).

A criminologist provides theoretical explanations for the aberrant, delinquent, and criminal behaviors manifested in a population. They analyze criminal law, criminal behavior, and the methods used by criminals to practice deviant behavior and break the law. Criminologists work with a variety of levels and types of law enforcement agencies to develop behavior profiles for particular types of crimes. In addition, they gather statistics on crime rates. They investigate crimes and analyze the larger criminal justice system and its processes.

A criminologist is a sociologist or social scientist who 1) specializes in criminology and 2) studies social behaviors.

Criminology Jobs Increasing in 2015 - 2016

Fluctuations have led to an increase in 2015 and into 2016, a recovery from a previous decline.
Fluctuations have led to an increase in 2015 and into 2016, a recovery from a previous decline. | Source
Criminal Justice occupations are increasing very rapidly in 2015 - 2016.
Criminal Justice occupations are increasing very rapidly in 2015 - 2016. | Source
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Qualifications of a Criminologist

A criminologist is a sociologist and must therefore be interested in human beings and their well-being. Human beings must not be, or become, merely objects to a criminologist. This is because the purpose of the field, as it is with all of sociology, is to make the quality of life better for all.

A criminologist must be able to express ideas and concepts clearly, both in writing and in person. They must be computer-literate and proficient on the internet, especially in applications related to criminology. A criminologist may need to address large groups of people and demonstrate good public speaking skills. They need to be focused, creative, analytical, logical, adept at problem solving, and dedicated to the profession of criminology and its goals of improving the criminal rehabilitation system and preventing crime. A criminologist must be interested in society as a whole and especially in victims of crime and in disadvantaged individuals and groups that may contain a larger proportion of victims or crime-related behavior than the general population.

A criminologist is a sociologist and must therefore be interested in human beings and their well-being. Human beings must not be, or become, merely objects to a criminologist.

Education Requirements for the Criminologist

As I said, different degrees are required for different jobs, but the courses needed at the undergraduate level in college for criminology include government, sociology, introductory psychology, sociological psychology, juvenile delinquency, criminal law, constitutional law, and criminal theory. Additional studies include forensics, abnormal psychology, corrections, and statistics for the social sciences and business.

Some students also take social work courses that deal with the criminal system and prisons. Criminologists also need classes in writing, computer science, and logic. Advanced degrees are required for individuals who will teach or conduct professional research. These advanced degrees are also required in order to climb the ladder professionally in the field of criminology.

Daily Tasks of a Criminologist

Entry-level criminologists conduct data collection, report proofing, and computer work, catalogue information about the possible causes of crime and the crimes committed, compile crime statistics, and propose improvements for the use of resources.

These professionals also analyze and develop crime prevention strategies, the causes of crime, and how the community relates to crime. Criminologists may be involved in crime scene investigations or attend autopsies seeking evidence and information to analyze the crime.

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Career Paths in Criminology

  • Corrections
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Diversion Programming
  • Financial Fraud Investigation & Prevention
  • Forensics
  • Insurance Fraud Investigation & Prevention
  • Intervention Programming
  • Judicial / Courts
  • Law Enforcement
  • Medical Investigation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research and Policy Studies
  • Private Investigation
  • Psychologist - Psychopathology Specialist
  • Retail Investigation
  • Special Agencies
  • Teaching
  • Women's Studies
  • Youth Programming & Counseling
  • Additional Careers in Sociology

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Employment Systems for Criminologists

  • Court Systems
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Counseling Agencies
  • Banks & Financial Institutions
  • Insurance Companies
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Private Investigation Agencies
  • Retailers
  • Government:

Federal Government

  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Homeland Security
  • U.S. Border Patrol

State Government

  • State Highway Patrol
  • Dept. of Rehabilitation & Correction
  • Youth Services
  • Public Safety

Local Governments: County, City, Township, Village

  • Local Police Divisions
  • Public Safety
  • Department of the Treasurer

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Additional Employment Opportunities in Criminology

Universities and government agencies employ professional criminologists for advanced teaching and research and policy assessment. Most criminologists become police officers, FBI agents, or state medical examiners, but criminologists may also work in universities teaching criminology, legal studies, law, and sociology. Federal and state justice agencies employ criminologists as research officers and policy advisers.

Criminologists are found in many different settings: airport security, corrections systems, probation or parole offices, drug enforcement agencies, FBI, US customs, and other law enforcement agencies, not to mention corporations or financial institutions, and major department stores and law firms employing security officers, private investigators, and/or social workers. Some also work as consultants in the role of private investigators or security.

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Areas of Specialization in Criminology

Many areas of specialization exist in the field of criminology. Professionals may concentrate on a specific age group in their work, including elementary school youth, middle school youth, high school youth, young adults, middle-aged adults, and senior citizens.

It is unfortunate that crime has worked its way down into the elementary school ages, but there are drug dealers that use these children to sell drugs and some young children are taking loaded guns to school. Some elementary school-aged children are drinking alcohol and using controlled substances regularly and all of these things contribute to crime.

Criminologists often focus on specific types of crimes. Some work with murders, some with armed robbery, vandalism, rape, or serial crimes of different sorts. They may alternatively specialize in crime prevention, crime scene investigation, criminal litigation, corrections, rehabilitation, or the privatization of prisons.

Profilers are criminologists who build profiles of specific crimes by reviewing patterns of behavior. They look at particular groups of people that commit specific crimes and build a sort of meta-profile, a combination of the behaviors of those involved in these crimes. Profilers can pinpoint an average age range and other demographic and psychological characteristic for an "average criminal" involved in a particular crime.

Criminologists may place their efforts into research, victimology, victim's rights, white collar crime, the juvenile justice system, forensics technologies, DNA/RNA evidence, or many other areas. Other professionals work in community-based initiatives and among CBOs (community based organizations), government policy initiatives, and other types of programs and projects.

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Forensic Odontology

CSI Named Most-Watched TV Show in 2010

The CBS television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation beat House, MD when it amassed over 73.8 million viewers globally. This was reported by the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in June 2010.

The total group of CSI shows dominated most years of the International TV Audience Awards for 5 years.CSI: Miami was the first show honored as the most-watched drama internationally (2006) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation won 2007, 2008, and 2010. House, MD, which also often portrays crime investigation and always uses CSI-like diagnosis methods, won in 2009.

All of these shows are drawing additional students to the fields of criminology, forensics, and forensic medicine; just as Star Trek® drew people into the US Space Program.

Earle Stanley Gardner and Dr. Simon Dinitz, two real heroes of criminology, would be pleased.

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On the set of "CSI:Miami", photo by the US Coast Guard/public domain."CSI:NY" (US Coast Guard, public domain)
On the set of "CSI:Miami", photo by the US Coast Guard/public domain.
On the set of "CSI:Miami", photo by the US Coast Guard/public domain.
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"CSI:NY" (US Coast Guard, public domain)

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Crime in Literature and Film

  • The Court of Last Resort (TV dramatization)

    The Court of Last Resort is a dramatized documentary about a group with the same name founded and maintained by Erle Stanley Gardner. The show (available on Netflix) tells the story of seven attorneys who, during the 1940s and '50s, took on cases of wrongly accused or unjustly convicted defendants to reveal the truth.

  • Crime and Punishment (film)

    This 1935 film retells Dostoyevsky's crime epic Crime and Punishment set in the 1930s, illustrating the mental torture of attempting to hide a crime. It stars Peter Lorre as Raskolnikov and Edward Arnold as Inspector Porfiry.

  • Crime and Punishment (dual eBook)

    This is a free online rendition of the great Dostoyevsky novel, printed side-by-side in English and Russian. The reader may view the novel in this version or access an English-only or Russian-only text.

Dr. Simon Dinitz
Dr. Simon Dinitz

My Introduction to Criminology: Simon Dinitz

I studied criminology under Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at Ohio State University, Simon Dinitz (1926-2007), who was an outstanding sociology professor and taught how to avoid a mugging by walking confidently, like you know where you're going and can't be stopped (not like a "tiny woman in a tight skirt and 6-inch spiked heels.") His lessons were substantial and fun: at times, he reminded me of a prison warden in a black-and-white 1940s B movie and his style made his teachings stick. Leaders in the field of criminology have cited Dinitz the strongest person in the field.

He whole-heartedly believed in rehabilitation and that convicted criminals could turn their lives around with the proper help. Beginning to teach at The Ohio State University in 1951 and continuing for the rest of his life, Dr. Dinitz accepted other responsibilities as well, including the position as head of an Ohio prison task force after the deadly 11-day-long riot at Ohio's Lucasville prison in 1993 and the leadership of another task force on overcrowding in Ohio prisons. He was named one of the Big Ten's "Ten Most Exciting Teachers" in 1968 and was honored at Ohio State University with the Distinguished Teaching Award, Distinguished Research Award, and Distinguished Service Award. He was the first faculty member to speak at commencement and national societies honored his research and teaching. Universities from California to Israel asked him to come as a visiting professor.

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      Patty Inglish 2 weeks ago from North America

      @Gaby Sultana - Thanks for your question! A good course of study for your son would be a program in Forensic Accounting, which involves digital data and gets at finding and preventing fraud, money laundering, and related crimes. This would be a good start toward a career in Criminal Investigation, especially since our world is increasingly digitally based. Another good choice would be a shorter program in Forensic Technology.

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      Patty Inglish 5 months ago from North America

      It may be possible to find a beginning job you may like, even without experience. Have you completed any related internships? That would certainly be one way into the field.

      In what part of criminology would you most like to work?

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      Nokuthula Vivacious 5 months ago

      Because I've studied criminology.....now I'm doing my post graduation. I'm wondering either I will find job for my qualification as I do not have an experience, I'm in SA.

      Thank you

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      Patty Inglish 15 months ago from North America

      @Bernard,

      Contact your USA embassy in the Philippines and ask which type of visa you may use to enter the USA to work as a police officer or criminologist. Call (02) 976-8500.

      Address:

      U.S. Embassy

      1201 Roxas Boulevard

      Manila, Philippines 1000

      Best wishes!

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      Bernard 15 months ago

      Hi! Sir, i am a police officer here in the philipines for almost 9 years, and i have been a criminal investigator for more than 2 years up this date, and a licensed criminologist. I hope u can help me to apply for any job related to my specialization in your country, i am more than willing to undergo training if require me to do so. Thank you. Bernard

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Thank you for supplying the information.

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      ahmed buhari 2 years ago

      Admission Processing into the Nigeria Defense Academy is currently in progress, you are to contact NDA helpline: on 08114498994 for assistance on how to get admitted into the NDA. I Wish you all the best of Luck..

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      We will need more people to fill these types of jobs for quite some amount of years.

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      antigravity 2 years ago

      Our society is seeing an increasing number of ciminals everyday . We have to take measures to control this, thanks for this information.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Glad to be helpful! What studies and work might you enjoy more?

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      While I enjoyed programs like CSI, your hub confirms to me that this would not be a path for me. Thanks for the information!

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Best of success to you in Nigeria! When does the new president take office there? I read about the election.

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      aloh marvel 2 years ago

      Hey I really love this site. As a student of criminology and security studies, I have been making findings about this course. Even in Nigeria here people don't regard the course as an important course, and I keep on searching for people that will be putting me through. Thanks and God Bless u

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @Maximum A - Sounds like you have a fascinating career ahead of you! Well done!

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      Jee Ann G 2 years ago

      Heavily influenced by Criminal Minds, a secret fantasy of mine has always been forensic psychology and maybe linguistic psych used in crimes. The resources here are great - I didn't know about so many of them!

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Much success to your son, Melissa Orourke! He should be looking at a good future career with this choice.

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      Melissa Orourke 2 years ago from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras

      Great Hub! My son plans on going into Criminal Justice after High School. This Hub presented a lot of great information! Thank you.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Great to hear! I will keep an eye out for your announcements.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Patty. I have a beta reader that's helping me out with the editing portions. I'll keep you posted this year.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      I'd like to read one of your stories!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Real interesting. I once wanted to be a CSI, but I do faint at the sight of blood. P.S. I'm an aspiring writer who writes thrillers/eco-thrillers and romantic suspense. I hope to be agented and published someday this year.

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      neelamnarayankar 2 years ago

      Its an interesting subject so I wwould love learn as well.as wrk in these field

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Hi Mirela - You'll need a work visa and have a job offer from an employer in USA. Contact your local Embassy for help in arranging those things. Visit the US Immigration internet site at www DOT uscis.gov/#WORKING (type a period in place of the DOT).

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      Mirela 2 years ago

      Hi, my name is Mirela. I'm from Serbia. I have a MSc degree in molecular biology, and I really want to work as Forensic DNA analyst in USA. This is my dream since I was a child. Can you tell me is it possible to work that job in USA if I don't US citizen? Sorry for my english, I probably have mistakes in writing.

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      mercy kihungi. 3 years ago

      hello patty .am hoping to join college this year or early next year. i wanted to pursue criminology n security from mount kenya university in kenya but i av been receiving negative comments evrytime i ask for advise. am not sure if this course has been in our country for long, but according to people there are no jobs for such a career. am glad to have come to this site, i av realised the market is much wider that i expected. i wish there was a way to reach out to students and even the general public, create awareness n let them know the necessity of such profession. thanx so much n keep up.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      Great News! -- Congratulations on your college admission, Cathrine! Call or visit Financial Aid at the school ASAP.

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      Catherine Nakato 3 years ago

      the admission is for spring 2015

      thanks

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      Catherine Nakato 3 years ago

      hi patty,am grateful to let you know that from the advise I received from you.I have been given admission to California State University,Fresno.

      for Ms. in Criminology.The only remaining challenge is funding/scholarship.To be sincere I need to identify sources of funds or scholarships as an international student,I do have a financial challenge and I don't want to miss the opportunity.

      regards,

      Catherine

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      Catherine Nakato 3 years ago

      thanks patty

      let me follow your advise on this. hope all goes well.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      I think that George Washington University and California State University Fresno are good schools, best of the four. Advisors should help more. Probably the places for Juv. and Community programs are most likely to be helpful to you in Chicago, NYC, Los Angeles and DC areas.

      Do you know a judge, attorney, public office holder, or police captain in your country who would contact the Criminology Dept. head of the schools or Juv/Community programs on your behalf as a reference and asking for their help for you? I think you need this for school and also your travel visa.

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      Catherine Nakato 3 years ago

      I have a good background in Criminology courses at undergraduate,

      is it possible to work with Juvenile facilities, community supervision programs ,do you have such information?

      However,Criminology is a new discipline in my country with very few opportunities for further studies and employment opportunities.

      thanks Patty

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      Catherine Nakato 3 years ago

      oh thanks.

      I have applied to University of Arkansas, George Washington University,

      University of Maryland College park, California state University Fresno .

      some universities respond that competition is too high.however as an international student I have found it a big challenge to study my dream course in America yet it has the best facilities for Criminology courses .I hope to be helped.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      What universities have you tried? I want to believe that the Admissions Offices have someone who could walk you through each step. If they have no such person, they are losing some good students.

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      Catherine Nakato 3 years ago

      THANKS Patty

      Iam very happy ,thanks for responding.

      Yes,I have contacted some of these Universities and applied as

      well. I feel demoralized with regrets all the time even after contacting and speaking to the counselors. It seems expensive with the application fee and yet no success is registered.

      Been wondering what to do next, that's why I got connection with you.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      Hi Catherine,

      Do you have a list of American universities in which you are interested? If so, contact each of their Admissions Offices and ask for their requirements to enter graduate school and ask if they have specific help to offer you as an International Student. Counselors at these officers may be very helpful to you.

      Let me know how it goes!

      Patty

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      Catherine Nakato 3 years ago

      hi .I would to pursue a masters and doctorate in Criminology studies.

      Am from Uganda ,my applications have been rejected several times .

      I would prefer to study in USA universities because they so far have the best programs.

      please help me with connections and advise

      thanks

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      patoo 3 years ago

      i have applied to study criminology at national open university of Nigeria, but i just found out this useful and interesting site and i really appreciated your effort, keep it on.

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      Ryan 3 years ago

      Psychology is exceedingly intriguing, and criminal hunts are so elatious.

      Good, concise article.

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      Mujahid Shah 4 years ago

      i m criminologist, i recently complete my MSC(criminology) from PUNJAB UNIVERSITY LAHORE. i need a job, plz help me

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      I added a link for the annual Criminology and Forensics Conference and information in India at the bottom of the article.

      Search the www.simplyhired.co.in website with the search terms "forensics" and "criminology" for your answers on jobs and salaries.

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      Mayur 4 years ago

      Hey patty M from India.. need help..

      do u know anything about criminology jobs in India.

      I'm doing B.A in CCJ

      but i wanted to do Engineering

      can u plz help me about the Jobs and the salary we can get?? plz reply soon!

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Hanna, see of the FBI is still running their NYC summer volunteer program - website is https://www.fbijobs.gov/2394.asp

      You need a grade point average of 2.5 in high school for the FBI program.

      If the FBI does not work out, ask your high school counselors to help you find something before the end of the school year.

      The main point is to improve your health - mononucleosis and chronic fatigue can be related to other conditions and you may not be able to volunteer with a recent history of either illness -- It will depend on the company to which you apply and the state laws. If you need volunteer hours for high school graduation, then your school counselors really should be helping if you ask. They should have a list of places you can go to volunteer (they do in Ohio).

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      Hannah 4 years ago

      Hi, my name is Hannah and I really want to do criminology volenteer work over this summer. I live in NY and although there are places in manhattan i've heard of, i don't think ill be able to get in for i don't have the best grades. I'm not stupid. I have adhd and get sick often. I had mano and chronic fatige so i have missed alot of school. My school lowers grades fo rlateness and absentsess I'm not trying to give excuses. I do try in school when I go. However, I dont know if it will be enough. Is there anything I could do or other porgrams that dont care about grades as much?

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      When youi get home, contact your local university and ask about the appropraite curricula and the use of your GI benefits for school. Also call your VA represeantative and see if he can help you make connections. Best of success to you!

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      Dusty 4 years ago

      Hi. I am currently serving in the United States military. I would love to become a pathologist for serial killers when I get out. What would be my best route to take to achieve this goal when my service is up.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Aak your local police department and college/university criminology departments of they need a consultant. That is a good starting place.

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      N.Timothy 4 years ago

      I have an Honours degree in criminology from the University of South Africa and I have retired from teaching after a 40 year service. What can I do in Criminology in my retirement? I am 68 years, still very active.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Make an appoitnmet now with your college advisor had ask for input to planning the rest of your college career, including transferring your upcoming Associate's Degree to a 4-year college or university. With a 2-year degree in Criminology or Law Enforcement or Forensics, you can start out as a technologist or technician in some part of the criminology field. With a 4-year degree, you can handle more responsible tasks and job titles. Best success to you!

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      elle-969 4 years ago

      Hi! My name is Eli and I am interested in this field. Right now I am in a Community College doing my basics. What are the next steps I need to take in order for me to become a criminologist? I would appreciate your answer and thanks :)

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      You might be able to combine a medical career with crime investigation. Several people have done both, ever since the 1930s. The simplest route is to be a coroner or medical examiner, but some healthcare practitioners also hold law degrees or criminal justice degrees as well. Speak to a high school or college counselor about designing your own program of study - and good luck!

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      Poupaps 4 years ago

      Thanks for the further intel given in the previous paragraphs. My head is set on a medical point of view for a career. (Doctor, Nurse etc...) But after watching a lot of criminal mind, NCIS and Mentalist, I've developed a strong interest in this domain... As crazy as it may seem. Any advice for a 17 year old guy that wants the best of both world??

      Thanks!!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      First, ask for a referral from your college office for 1) Internships and 2) graduate programs in your own University or nearby Universities and colleges.

      Next, investigate the programs offered at the schools of higher education in Lagos:

      The University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Caleb University, The Pan-African University, Lagos State College of Health Technology (laboratory training here); also Lagos State University College of Medicine and Lagos University Teaching Hospital -- Medicine and Criminology are connected in investigations, given the importance of DNA.

      Third, investigate higher education programs in neighboring nations.

      Much success to you!

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      Maikudi Usman Yahaji 5 years ago

      I'm a Graduate of Criminology & Security Studies of the National Open University of Nigeria. May I have a Counselling advice on how to further my education in Criminology Profession.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      CSI has done a lot to promote work in the field of Criminology, as Star Trek did for NASA and aerospace careers in the 1970s and 1980s. TV can do some good!

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      mismazda 5 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      Very interesting hub and well written. Thanks for explaining the different aspects of Criminology. I myself got interested in this field while watching all of the CSI's shows....I think it is a facinating and interesting field. Voted up and interesting.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Thanks for posting a comment, Cogerson, and congratulations on your Hubbie Award this year! I wish every success to your child in pursuing a career in a crime lab, all the way to Director. Dr. Dinitz would be pleased with crime lab developments today, I think.

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      As they say on talk radio shows....longtime reader first time commenter. I have enjoyed reading your hubs ever since I joined HubPages about 18 months ago. Currently this hub is your highest rated hub according to HubPages and I can easily see why.

      You were very fortunate to have been able to study on both Reckless and Dinitz. It sounds like Dinitz was a wonderful and entertaining teacher. I have a friend that works in a crime lab and her love of her job has influenced one of my children to be looking at this field as a possible career path....I am e-mailing the link to your hub to him as it will be helpful and interesting.

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      Ava 5 years ago

      This page is a great method to connect to others. Congratulations on a job well achieved. I am anticipating your next

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      viewfinders 5 years ago from God's own country(kerala)

      Great hub.....thanks for sharing with us

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I felt fortunate and blessed to learn these lessons from some of the founders of various arms of criminology. It was the best part of my first year of college.

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      whowas 5 years ago

      What a very fascinating hub about a very fascinating subject.

      In honesty, whilst I was aware of criminology as a discipline and a profession, I had no idea that it was so broad ranging in its field of study or its potential applications.

      As a life-long appreciator of the stories of Sherlock Holmes and such like fictions, I was fascinated by the insights into what real criminologists actually do - and indeed the remarkable if often discreet contribution they make to the positive development of society and our general well-being.

      The science and technology of modern criminology is no less intriguing. Altogether a fascinating hub - and how fortunate you were to have such empowering and able tutors!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Do you have any colleges or universities that provide criminology courses in your country?

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      Dique Cudoca 5 years ago

      Thank you for the tips. What can I do to join you? How does it take to study it and if a man from another country can do it over the distance.

      Mozambique

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      marketingbloke 5 years ago

      Never really thought about criminology but now I know a little about it =]

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      danielkalala94@yahoo.com 5 years ago

      Hi, guys hv always listened to jitteries from faux bonhomes and thought that all my ambition had bore me pipe dreams. Am extremely glad for the revival of my ambition. Justice to be antibodised. Together we do it, come...i mean you.. Yes you, let us gravitate Justice with immidiate acceleration.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Offhand, I'd say at least one of the universities in the Chicago area would have a well developed program, since Chicago is the location of the one of the earliest groups to study criminology. In the next few days. I'll look across the country and report back in a new Hub.

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      Laura 5 years ago

      What do you think is the best school to study criminology in the united states?

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      Phila 5 years ago

      I did Criminology and Sociology as my majors @ the Urnivesity. I would real like to pursue a career in Criminology now that I have better idea of what I want. But there are no opportunities in South africa. I have tried all the resources available. I can even volunteer to gain experience. Any suggestions. 0727228372.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      That us an interesting sideline. it might help your in your work, especially if designing equipment or aircraft.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Your comments are encouraging and I hope we all continue to learn more about crime and its prevention, cablemanagements!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Technology is helping move the field of criminology ahead in many locations. Unfortunately, places like Detroit closed down their crime labs because of lack of funding.

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      Isyak Muhammad Ibrahim 5 years ago

      This is very good job because it help in fighting crime and bring the suspect to book

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      A lot of jobs in criminology do not require a PhD or a Master's, although some people in this work want to continue their education and training in the field. For a better idea about what' available in your area, scan the job positions posted on SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com, which have websites on all continents.

      Thanks for commenting, martha!

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      martha 5 years ago

      patty in order for one to become a criminologist must have PHD degree in criminology? i love u patty keep it up with the good work from south africa

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Sounds like the two should dovetail very well. Ask your university advisors and they should have more info. I think it should be exciting. Good luck!

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      Kay Tembo 5 years ago

      Hey Guys I love it here, just came across it while looking at careers in Criminology... I just started studying a Diploma in Criminology and love anything to do with Crime and Investigation... I have a background of Pharmacology though I am only a Pharmacy Dispenser qualified.... Do you think Pharmacy with Criminology will go hand in hand and help me easily get a job after completion. please advice..... I am in the UK.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Police Foundations will help you in many occupations.

      I thought it important to take cultural anthropology courses, social psychology, abnormal psychology (or deviance), and several sociology classes. Hardships: college takes a lot of work, and time planning, and one must be serious and dedicated to completing the coursework. One semester or quarter of college can be like a whole year or more of high school in depth of study.

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      Milad Asad 5 years ago

      Hi dear Patty,

      I really want to thank you for this post and may God bless u.

      I am currently enrolled at Centennial college in Toronto, Canada, I know that there isn't much differences in universities in both Canada and the USA so at the moment am enrolled in a 2 years police foundations program and then i will study criminalogy at the Univeristy of Toronto and get a degree, my question is that, the program that i am taking now is quite helpful to my profession (criminology) or am i basically wasting my time ?? and the beside i am sure u hv studied this at the university so can u tell me what hardships, difficulties will be facing once i get accepted in any university in toronto ?? and wat subject do think is more important to focus (eg. psychology).

      thank you again and keep the good work up.

      i wish we have more people with more knowledge like you.

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      Kashif 5 years ago

      Hi friends,

      I have done my degree in criminology & security studies

      but i have still not job so how i can find some job in UAE/UK or Australia,

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Congratulations for your success!

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      uknown_baby 5 years ago

      wow... it is really an informative about what is criminology and who you will be in the future... am a criminologist and now im an instructor of an institution...

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      Kerry 5 years ago

      I have a Criminology Degree and interested in careers in the US. Any suggestions or websites I may find useful?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Go to your local college or university visitor's office or admission's office and ask for help' or access their website and email them the questions.

      Students or those interested can visit a college in order to find out about college classes before they enroll or even if they do not enrill and they come away with good advice and a set of literature to read.

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      SarahSingh 5 years ago

      I've been home-schooled and schooled online for my fourth attempt, per my parents wishes. So I don't have an advisor to ask :/

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I think at this point, you could benefit from seeing an advisor at your college or university, asking to see the curricula for both Criminology and Psychology and making your decision with that knowledge.

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      SarahSingh 5 years ago

      When studying Criminology in University, what exactly does one study? Do I need a Science subject to study it or do I need to be good in Science? I just really need some advice here, because my life is basically at a stand still! I was/am studying Law, Year 1. But I had to redo my first year. (mind you, I studied hard and tried my best the first time.) The second time I redid it, I failed, then I lost all of motivation and became unhappy and I felt discouraged.

      But I went on to do over Year 1 a third time per my parents wishes. I failed a third time. I barely studied, because I was so unahppy and unmotivated. I'm attempting it a fourth time, but something happened and my parents might let me choose a different career to study. I'm thinking about doing Criminology or Psychology. But I'm confused a bit.

      Umm is it hard - studying Criminology, I mean. And ummm does it require a lot of reading? I know I like to study people, what they think and do. And why they think and do those things.... Ugh I kinda don't like reading a lot anymore :( I'm just so confused and don't know exactly what to do, you won't believe. I just need any help or advice I can get, please and thank you! I'm English, if that helps - because I know things vary a bit in America and England, so.....

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      My first year of college, I took several courses in criminology, psychology (esp. abnormal and social), and anthropology in order to get a view of the field from different angles. Whatver you take at the moment in school, read as much as you can in these three larger topic areas - articles, professional journals, and books. Best os success to you!

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      Okomo M 5 years ago

      I've been doing online research like a fiend trying to find something that went over criminology without simply listing its requirements and components.

      I'm an American expatriate studying psychology abroad with future plans to get a Masters in criminology... with the eventual goal of joining the FBI--specifically the Behavioral Analysis Unit.

      Do you have any suggestions as to things I should get knocked out of the way now instead of later? I'm a first-year so I've got a long, uncertain road ahead of me and any sort of advice from someone in the field of criminology would be helpful. I'm also a little worried that studying outside of the States might complicate things.

      Thoughts?

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      Lins Mary Samuel 5 years ago

      Thank u so much 4 ur valuable article and comments ,sir

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Check with your college or university. Psychology was indeed required in my program.

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      Lins Mary Samuel 5 years ago

      Hi ,I like 2 become a criminologist. I'm studying in +2 nw. I'd many doubts abt it . I think dis helped me a lot 2 clear my doubts .Is LLB or MSc. psychology is necessary 4 studying criminology?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      What country are you in, sir?

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      mabhele Belz,Mr 5 years ago

      crime is a very disturbing phenomenon in our communities.and our government has a little offort to prevent it.we dnt have much infor abt criminology in our societies.plz kindly post us ur information about crime.young juveniles are moving up and down no support from them.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I think we're finding genetic links and physical problems causing a lot of criminal activity overall. Otherwise, many felons suffer SEVERAL Severe Mental Disorders at once, some inherited, other picked up in the first three months of life from mentally ill folks in their home. Thus, I would recommend Forensic Medicine or Forensic Social Work. However, the best place for prevention is during pre-natal and first quarter of life, with whole-family services given as best we can.

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      Shauna G 5 years ago

      Hi i am a student and looking to study criminology, with the exception that i want to work directly with people and im finding it very hard to figure out how i go about this ? i would really appreciate and help you can give me . I want to try understand why people to the crimes they do and help with their rehabilitation and try to change their life around . Any suggestions ?

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      Hameed Afridi 5 years ago

      as a Criminologist i request to the govt of pakistan that please support Criminologist and give opportunity them.

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      Aditya Soni 5 years ago from India

      Yeah the crime rate in each country possibly make these professions in the category of higher opportunities and best hikes.... isn't it seems to be bad but to clean out the mash we have to open such job options..

      thanks for sharing.. :)

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      shahid 5 years ago

      Am Study obout Its Subject its my favourite subject please tell me more information of its and i like it.

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      Tommy job eno 5 years ago

      Am studing criminology in nigeria.Thank God for opportunities and previllege giving to u, for your help to us.I appreciate your wonder articles,am very encourage in studing crime the more.God bless u

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      saurabh seth 5 years ago

      sir,

      I have completed my master degree in criminology at Dr.H.S.Gour Sagar University Sagar (M.P) in India.Now i want job related fields.Please suggest me.

      Thanking You